Museums and Heritage Awards 2021 now open to entries from UK cultural organisations (deadline for entries: 31 March 2021)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is sponsoring a sustainability award for the second year at the 2021 Museums and Heritage Awards.

The Museums + Heritage Annual Awards 2021 highlight some of the best cultural organisations in the UK, while the Sustainable Project of the Year Award – which is free to enter – offers recognition for the efforts of individuals and organisations.

Heritage organisations have until Wednesday 31 March to enter the competition. The other award categories are:

o Best Use Of Digital – UK.
o Best Use Of Digital – International.
o Best Use Of Social Media.
o Community Impact Award.
o COVID Special Recognition Award.
o COVID Best Supplier Award.
o Exhibition of the Year – UK.
o Exhibition of the Year – International.
o Fundraising Award.
o Learning Outreach Award.
o Pandemic Pivot Award.
o Partnership Of The Year Award.
o Restoration Or Conservation Project Of The Year.
o Shop of the Year, and
o Volunteer(s) Of The Year In Partnership with AIM (the Association of Independent Museums).

The Sustainable Project of the Year Award will recognise the most outstanding environmentally sustainable heritage project or exhibition that can demonstrate best practice in its approach to managing environmental impacts during 2020.

Entries are sought that demonstrate:

o Energy efficiency measures.
o Recycling and reuse.
o Sustainable procurement, and
o Green visitor travel, planning and encouragement.

Entries should also identify any wider economic, social or environmental benefits to the organisation or community which have arisen from ‘thinking sustainably’, particularly in the current difficult times.

Drew Bennellick, Head of Land and Nature Policy at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said:

This award showcases the heritage organisations who are truly leading the way in sustainable practices. Environmental sustainability is incredibly important to us at The Fund, and that’s why we’re shining the spotlight on these organisations by sponsoring this award for the second time.

“We were very impressed by the quality of applications in 2020 and we’re looking forward to seeing even more examples of sustainable innovation and environmentally friendly initiatives this year.”

Last year saw the Museum of Oxford crowned the 2020 winner for its exhibition “Queering Spires: a history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford“.

Its methods included:

o Using borrowed or previously used materials.
o Using materials which could be recycled following the exhibition.
o Avoiding deliveries by collecting items using sustainable transport.
o Sourcing items from charitable and ethical organisations, and
o Sourcing items locally.

For further information about the Museums and Heritage Annual Awards 2021, please visit the Museums and Heritage website.

Source: UK Fundraising